October 20, 2011 - submitted by Jessica, United States of America

Q. Dearest Oracle,
I am in love with the song Paradise and rightly so I am also in love with the music video for it. I have a question though. Why does Guy have a different elephant suit than everyone else? I noticed that his suit is darker than the rest and doesn't have elephant feet/shoes. Also why doesn't Guy's elephant have any identifying features like Johnny's has his trademark hat and Will's has a pair of glasses? Also why does Will's elephant have glasses? I don't recall ever seeing him wear glasses during performances.

Thank you Oracle!
p.s. I want to tell the band that I loved that they used elephants over any other animals, they're the best, both the band and elephants.

Love,
Jessica


The Oracle replies:

See, the fact that Guy's elephant doesn't have elephant feet makes him different and so maybe that's his defining difference?
I actually wonder if there's more to a passing nod to The Banana Splits, a late 60's children's entertainment combo. They had an elephant who wore glasses - although Snorky (the bespectacled one) wasn't the drummer; he was the keyboard player.
I have seen Will wear glasses - granted not during a performance but that wouldn't be practical anyway given the power machine that he is. Can you imagine attempting Politik and avoiding glasses steaming up or flying off? No, I didn't think so...
One of The Banana Splits doesn't have his animal's feet, so maybe as with Guy, the normal feet is another nod?